Tottenham could announce £25.8m Bale replacement on Monday - reports Italian media

Reports in Italy suggest that the signing of Erik Lamela of AS Roma is a foregone conclusion for Tottenham Hotspur.

While Tottenham representatives are in Madrid for one very obvious reason in regards to the future of Gareth Bale, they are also there on other business - with this business regarding incoming rather than outgoing starlets.

Spurs missed out on Willian yesterday, with Chelsea swooping in for the Brazilian at the last minute.

But according to reports in Italy last night, that worry should be alleviated rather quick, by the news that a deal for Erik Lamela is on the verge of completion. 

According to a report from Sky Sport Italia AS Roma officials, who have been in Madrid speaking to the likes of Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini since midweek, have agreed on a price for the Argentine star to make a move to Tottenham Hotspur this season.

Given the relative talent of the player, the deal looks to be a bargain.

Originally the Giallorossi wanted £30 million straight up for the playmaker - however that appears to have changed.

It is now being reported that any deal will cost Spurs just £25.8 million at first - with the potential for another £4.3 million to head to Rome in bonuses over the next five years.

They even claim that any deal could be announced as early as Monday.

The deal will reportedly not go through officially until Spurs sign off on a deal taking Bale to Real Madrid, which could seemingly happen at any given moment.

But the news that Roma have reportedly joined the race for Fiorentina star Adem Ljajic this morning suggests that the hunt is now on for Lamela replacements already - before anything is agreed.

If true, it would see Spurs continue their monumental spending spree this summer, although the Argentine international will have to receive a Work Permit first.

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